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Title: William Cowgill
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One of the most prominent and popular men of Warren county, Indiana, is William Cowgill, who has been active in the affairs of that district for a number of years. Mr. Cowgill has spent all of his life in this county, and has always put forth his energies in every cause of common good, whereby the community might be benefited. The esteem and regard of his friends and neighbors is evidenced by the fact that he now holds the office of county sheriff, his offices being in the court house at Williamsport, Indiana, in which town he now resides.

William Cowgill was born at Greenhill, in Warren county, October 5, 1872, and he is the son of Joel and Jennie (Timmons) Cowgill, who also were natives of Indiana. His grandfather, Lemuel Cowgill, was a harnessmaker and was born in the East, being the son of one of the Cowgill brothers who originally came to this country from England and settled in Philadelphia. Lemuel Cowgill came West and Joel was born in Marion county, southwest of Indianapolis. He was a small farmer, more interested in things spiritual than in the temporal affairs of life. He early turned his attention to theology, and entirely through his own efforts was educated and ordained in the general conference as a minister of the United Brethren church. This left to his sone William a great deal of care of the farm, as he was occupied with his local charges, and the boy early gained a very practical and thorough knowledge of agriculture, its methods and results. Joel Cowgill died March 18, 1901, and his widow is making her home with her son William. They were the parents of eight children, or whom William is the fourth child.

William Cowgill was educated in the common schools of Warren county, supplemented by some schooling in Tippecanoe county. He was naturally a hustler and early learned that hard work was sure to bring results in agricultural pursuits, no matter how much seemed to be the product of chance. He worked on his father's farm until he was about thirty years of age, not only being of great assistance of the family, but prospering on his own account. On January 9, 1905, he was married to Myrtle Brown. They never had any children, and she died August 13, 1906, and was buried in Warren county. After that her husband threw himself more entirely into public interests. He was living in Independence when he was elected sheriff in 1911. He ran against five strong men for nomination to this office and it was because of his popularity, and the trust of his friends and neighbors in his justice and ability to execute the duties of the office that placed him in this position. During his time in office, about a year and a half, Mr. Cowgill has appointed a new deputy sheriff.

Mr. Cowgill has not restricted his activities to his own community, either socially or in a business way, and his connections outside of the neighborhood have only assisted him in his work there. He is a member of the Odd Fellows in the first degree, he is second-degree Mason, and has taken the third degree in the Improved Order of Red Men.

Mr. Cowgill has proved very earnest in all that he has undertaken, and has been successful in his enterprises. He is energetic, progressive and active in standing up for all that he believes to be right. It is to such men as he that Warren county owes her progress and prosperity.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001137
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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